How to Change Mac Desktop Background

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the desktop background on your Mac is a simple yet effective way to personalize your computer and make it feel more like your own. Whether you want to use a stunning nature photograph, a picture of your loved ones, or even a solid color, Mac allows you to easily customize this aspect of your desktop. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of changing your Mac desktop background.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut by pressing “Command” and “Space” simultaneously to open Spotlight Search. Then type in “System Preferences” and hit enter.

Step 2: Choose Desktop & Screen Saver

Once you are in System Preferences, locate and click on the “Desktop & Screen Saver” icon. It is usually represented by an image of a mountain landscape.

Step 3: Select a Desktop Picture

In the Desktop & Screen Saver window that appears, click on the “Desktop” tab at the top. Here, you will find various options for selecting a new desktop background.

a) Choose from Apple’s pre-installed collection:

  • Collections: Click on this dropdown menu to access different categories such as Nature, Artwork, Solid Colors, etc. Scroll through these collections and select one that catches your eye.
  • Pictures: This section displays all available wallpapers within the selected collection. Click on any picture thumbnail to preview it as your desktop background.

b) Use your own picture:

  • Photos: If you want to use one of your own pictures, click on the “Photos” tab. Here, you can browse through your photo library or albums to find the perfect image for your desktop background.
  • Folders: Alternatively, you can select the “Folders” tab to navigate to a specific folder on your Mac where you have saved your desired image.

Step 4: Adjusting Desktop Background Settings

Once you have selected a picture, you can further customize how it appears on your desktop using the available options in the Desktop & Screen Saver window.

a) Picture Position:

  • Fill Screen: This option scales the image to fit your screen, potentially distorting its original aspect ratio.
  • Fit to Screen: This option scales the image proportionally so that it fits within your screen without any distortion. However, this may result in black bars appearing along the edges if the aspect ratios do not match.
  • Stretch to Fill Screen: This option stretches or compresses the image to fit your screen, potentially distorting its original proportions.
  • Tiled: This option repeats the image across your desktop. It is ideal for small images or patterns that seamlessly tile together.

b) Change Frequency:

  • Daily: Selecting this option will automatically change your desktop background every day using images from Apple’s collection.
  • Every hour: Choosing this option will rotate through different desktop backgrounds every hour from Apple’s collection.
  • Every 30 minutes: This option will switch your desktop background every 30 minutes.

c) Screen Saver:

While this article focuses on changing the desktop background, you can also explore the Screen Saver tab within the Desktop & Screen Saver window to customize the screensaver settings on your Mac.

Step 5: Apply Your Changes

Once you are satisfied with your selection and any adjustments, close the Desktop & Screen Saver window. Your new desktop background will be applied immediately.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your Mac desktop background. Feel free to experiment with different pictures, collections, and settings to create a desktop environment that reflects your personal style and preferences.

Remember that you can always revisit System Preferences and follow these steps again to change your Mac desktop background whenever you want!

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